The Satellite P50’s screen lid’s exterior is made of high-quality plastic with a brushed metal finish that looks and feels quite premium. The P50 feels sturdier than the Satellite L40 we reviewed last month, with a better hinge and more robust screen lid and palmrest. Despite its 15-inch frame, the laptop appears to be thin and trim, but not quite light, though. In terms of aesthetics, overall look and visual appeal, the new Satellite P50 is much better than past Toshiba offerings.
Our benchmarks peg it as a basic to average performer. And with the Toshiba Satellite P50 sporting an Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9GHz processor and 5400 RPM hard drive, we aren’t too surprised. Processor-intensive tasks are handled modestly at best, while the onboard Intel HD 4000 graphics isn’t much to write home about either. The laptop’s LED-backlit screen is nice and bright, with nice viewing angles. The Toshiba Satellite P50 has 4 GB of RAM, but it starts to slow down visibly if you multitask with more than two or three programmes.
Having said that, full-HD 1080p videos are handled effectively by the machine and it’s alright for just about basic computing -- Office suite, browsing the Web, listening to music, occasional movie, but nothing more. However, the Satellite P50’s onboard speakers are quite good and easily among the best we’ve heard in this price band. In terms of usability, we like the laptop’s full keyboard layout complete with a dedicated number pad on the right. However, the accompanying touchpad is over-sensitive and frustrating to use at first. The laptop’s battery lasted for a total of 2 hours 42 minutes in our benchmark test -- this is lower than the battery life on the 14-inch Toshiba Satellite L40, but not too bad for a 15-inch laptop.
As far as features are concerned, the Toshiba Satellite P50 doesn’t put a foot wrong, packing in everything you’d expect from a modern day laptop. We also like the fact that it packs in a 750 GB hard drive, where most of its competitors offer a standard 500GB at the price point. Overall, there’s a lot to like about the Satellite P50, if you’re not too picky about its CPU performance. Worth recommending to anyone who wants a basic but good-looking laptop for home or office use.
>> Stylish, metallic look
>> Well built for its price
>> Hard drive space of 750GB
>> Pleasant audio playback
>> Over-sensitive touchpad, learning curve involved
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9 GHz
RAM: 4 GB DDR3
DISPLAY: 15.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixels)
HDD: 750 GB
OS: Windows 8 Premium 64-bit
CONNECTIVITY: HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth, SD Card slot
GPU: Intel HD 4000
Price: Rs 13,499